Civil War history

The Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead, a cracker cabin under restoration

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While this cabin doesn’t look like much here, there is a lot of history in this home that is the second oldest in Duval County Florida. The oldest is the main house on the Kingsley Plantation (http://travelingadventuresofafarmgirl.com/2013/12/02/the-kingsley-plantationof-fort-george-island-and-the-amazing-anna-kingsley/_) that was built on Fort George Island. The Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead was built in 1873 by Thomas Oesterreicher and his […]

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The Jefferson Davis capture sight

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The stories abound about the capture of the President of the Confederate States of America.  I have always been a bit fascinated by the fact that there was a Confederate President and that he even had his own Whitehouse, in fact there were two of them over the duration of the war.  We have been […]

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While it is easy to see how lives changed for people during the Civil War, I think when learning the stories of indivduals like Robert Craven it truly brings how the war was not some far away battle in the Middle East or the Pacific that you thought about from time to time, for Robert […]

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A Ride on the Incline Railway!

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I’ve been to Look Out Mountain before. I have been to Rock City and I have seen the beautiful Ruby Falls, but I had never taken a ride on the Incline Railway, the steepest passenger rail in the country. Besides offering amazing scenery, this is an engineering wonder. The train car takes you for a […]

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I am not quite sure what you would expect to find when viewing an old jail, but this castle like structure built in 1869 that served as the Macoupin County Jail is not it.  This structure has the look of a fairytale fortress.  Designed by E.E. Meyers the jail was built the Carlinville Chamber of Commerce says, “using the […]

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